June 8, 2013

Please allow me to …

My apologies; it's been a while since I posted a new article, although not that long since I've wanted to. Fact is, I've been tied up over at DianeV.com, our web design company, for quite a time now, but I've got a pile of stuff to post once I surface. I trust that will come to pass.

In the meantime … my best to all. I'll be back. :)

June 16, 2011

Dreamweaver FTP testing server and remote server problems

Hidden in the recent comments on the Dreamweaver FTP Can't Connect article is a solution to a new issue regarding Dreamweaver FTP testing server and remote server problems. Apparently when you set up a testing server (a local server) in Dreamweaver, you're unable to use Dreamweaver's FTP to upload to the remote server (the web hosting account). Or, as "ionrane" said:

I've had dreamweaver settup properly for my remote server.

I added a local testing server, which seems to be settup right – all works well UNTIL I try to "Put" files to the remote server.

For some reason, it seems, instead to connect to the local XAMPP server. Of course, that means it just looks to see about overwriting the file with itself.

Between a hint at the Adobe forums and a little thinking and discussion on our part, we've come up with a solution. I won't copy it here, as it's already in the comments of my article, formatted in a nice sequence. But, if you're having problems with FTPing to your remote server in Dreamweaver due to your testing server definition, have a read. The pertinent discussion starts around comment #74 and ends at Comment #80.

June 22, 2010

California: Spammy License Plates?

NBC San Diego reports that:

California drivers may soon come bumper to bumper with the latest product of the digital age: ad-blaring license plates.

State lawmakers are considering a bill allowing the state to begin researching the use of electronic license plates for vehicles.

The device would mimic a standard license plate when the vehicle is moving but would switch to digital messages when it is stopped for more than four seconds in traffic or at a red light.

<sigh> As if drivers don't have enough to do, even when stopped at traffic signals.

Like, say, pay attention to what's going on around them.

May 23, 2010

IE8 won't install Flash player (Solution)

After trying all kinds of solutions, including re-installing the Flash player multiple times (and some of the solutions found in the Adobe forums), I fixed IE8's inability to play Flash. more »

May 3, 2010

Opera – changing the default dictionary lookup

I've just installed Opera 10.53, and love some of the new features. However, I use the right-click menu to look up word definitions fairly often — and I prefer Answers.com to the default Merriam-Webster.com. I tried the method I've used in the past, but the switch wasn't made. more »

May 2, 2010

WordPress 2.9.x upgrade causes weird characters on blog

I recently upgraded a number of blogs from WordPress 2.0.11 version to 2.9.1. It all went smoothly except that the upgrade apparently converted certain characters in posts and comments to weird characters. The gobbledygook kind.

If you have the ability to download your database (here's the harder version of getting a mysqldump, which is much easier if you have phpMyAdmin), I'd suggest downloading only the wp_posts and wp_comments tables. Then copy them. Then edit them. (Too many copies are better than none.) more »

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